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KHARBANDA: The case for a diverse energy policy

April 16, 2011
Jesse Kharbanda
Key utility executives and state legislators argue that Indiana’s power should come predominantly from coal and nuclear power.
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GUY: Where are the progressives?

April 9, 2011
John Guy
Today, a political leader who proposes a higher appropriation to clean streets would be criticized. If he proposed going to the moon, he would be impeached.
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KENNEDY: Death (penalty) and taxes aren't certainties after all

April 2, 2011
Sheila Suess Kennedy
Everyone, it seems, wants government to cost less—until someone suggests cuts to our particular sacred cows.
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MADER: Design guidelines vital to city's success

March 26, 2011
No one likes to be told what to do. But, we’re told how fast we can drive, how many emergency exits we have to have in a building and, in some cases, even the color we can paint our houses.
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WILLIAMS: What is the IU name worth to us?

March 19, 2011
Brian Williams
Who has the right to give away a state asset, as the IU name is, for what reasons and under what terms?
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MERHOFF: Let's rethink what businesses want

March 12, 2011
Mo Merhoff
Today’s lifestyle preferences have trumped yesterday’s corporate loyalty, just as flatter organizational structures leading to greater employee interaction have replaced pyramid-shaped corporate structures.
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SLAUGHTER: When bosses behave like bullies

February 26, 2011
Robby Slaughter
Many supervisors seem to have the same demeaning, demoralizing attitudes we encountered as children at recess. What do you do when your boss is a bully?
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SHOBERT: Indiana continues to mind the store

February 19, 2011
Benjamin A. Shobert
Indiana’s current fiscal position points a way forward, illuminating what the next decade of good government, and good partnership between municipalities and businesses, should look like—not only at a regional level, but for the nation as a whole as well.
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FAENZI: Let's reclaim City Market's legacy

February 12, 2011
Carol Faenzi
I want City Market to feed both our stomachs and our souls.
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HENDERSON: The great school massacre of 2011

February 5, 2011
Tom Henderson
What a great way to slime our public school education infrastructure: educational vouchers.
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WILLIAMS: Light rail to airport is key for downtown

January 29, 2011
Brian Williams
If Union Station was linked to an urban transportation system extending from downtown to the Hendricks County border, workers in the gargantuan warehouses west of Indianapolis would have access to a reliable transit system.
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COX: Shrinking government can increase costs

January 22, 2011
Wendell Cox
Legislation will likely be introduced in the Indiana General Assembly to abolish township governments and consolidate their functions into counties. As in the past, the proponents claim this would save money for taxpayers. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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GUY: Let's motivate - not threaten - teachers

January 15, 2011
John Guy
Evaluating teachers cannot improve results. Human nature does not allow it.
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WILLIAMS: Indiana must overcome wage gap

January 8, 2011
Brian Williams
Unfortunately, despite the governor’s pledge, the dollars spent by public-private entities and the recession, Indiana’s per-capita income has not risen.
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GIGERICH: Here's what we need from 2011 session

January 1, 2011
Larry Gigerich
The 2011 session of the Indiana General Assembly will have a profound impact on the future of our state and our ability to retain our ranking as one of the top 10 states in which to do business.
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FELDMANN: Fundraising trends to watch for in 2011

December 25, 2010
Derrick Feldmann
Well, it’s that time of year again: time to gaze into the crystal ball and predict what trends will dominate fundraising in the year ahead.
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DUNN: Banking on daily fairness to customers

December 18, 2010
Peter Dunn
Dear Banking Industry: You hide fees and encourage irresponsible spending, all while touting your “free” checking accounts.
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FAENZI: Look for simple solution to complex immigration problem

December 11, 2010
Carol Faenzi
Today’s sorry state of affairs around immigration seems to have no resolution. Cries of “it’s not fair” to any proposed idea come from all sides.
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SLAUGHTER: Give employees chance to break your trust

December 4, 2010
Robby Slaughter
If you want the best team with the strongest commitment to ethical behavior, you must ensure they have every opportunity to lie, steal and cheat.
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WRIGHT: Schoolchildren need better advocates

November 27, 2010
Greg Wright
The Legislature needs to fix two systemic problems causing Indiana’s public schools to fall behind and cost too much.
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MOURDOCK: Higher education is everyone's job

November 20, 2010
Richard Mourdock / Special to IBJ
Soon, and for the first time in history, American retirees will be better educated than the American work force. Never before has a country “dumbed down” across generations like this.
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KENNEDY: Let's find ways to sustain visitor business

November 13, 2010
Melina Kennedy
Our city’s economic prosperity has been bolstered for many years by our strong convention and visitor business. We need to do what we can as a city to propel this important driver of our economy.
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SHOBERT: Pursuing China is wise move for Indiana

November 6, 2010
Benjamin A. Shobert
Last year, for the first time ever, outbound investment by Chinese business into American industry exceeded outbound investment into Chinese firms by American companies.
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HENDERSON: Thinking outside the neurotypical hiring box

October 30, 2010
Tom Henderson
There’s a screening process we often use in the human resources process that’s meant to identify prospective candidates. It needs re-thinking.
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GIGERICH: Education, economy are closely tied

October 23, 2010
Larry Gigerich
Ten years into the 21st century, most people understand that a strong education system is vital to ensuring long-term economic development success. Where things become fuzzy is in defining what comprises a strong education system and, more important, the required outcomes of that system.
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  1. Liberals do not understand that marriage is not about a law or a right ... it is a rite of religous faith. Liberals want "legal" recognition of their homosexual relationship ... which is OK by me ... but it will never be classified as a marriage because marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. You can gain / obtain legal recognition / status ... but most people will not acknowledge that 2 people of the same sex are married. It's not really possible as long as marriage is defined as one man and one woman.

  2. That second phrase, "...nor make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunitites of citizens..." is the one. If you can't understand that you lack a fundamental understanding of the Constitution and I can't help you. You're blind with prejudice.

  3. Why do you conservatives always go to the marrying father/daughter, man/animal thing? And why should I keep my sexuality to myself? I see straights kissy facing in public all the time.

  4. I just read the XIV Amendment ... I read where no State shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property ... nor make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunitites of citizens ... I didn't see anything in it regarding the re-definition of marriage.

  5. I worked for Community Health Network and the reason that senior leadership left is because they were not in agreement with the way the hospital was being ran, how employees were being treated, and most of all how the focus on patient care was nothing more than a poster to stand behind. Hiring these analyst to come out and tell people who have done the job for years that it is all being done wrong now...hint, hint, get rid of employees by calling it "restructuring" is a cheap and easy way out of taking ownership. Indiana is an "at-will" state, so there doesn't have to be a "reason" for dismissal of employment. I have seen former employees that went through this process lose their homes, cars, faith...it is very disturbing. The patient's as well have seen less than disireable care. It all comes full circle.

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